Businesses can enable bolder ideas and greater impact through its investment, unique expertise, technology, reach, and data. IARD members, as the leading beer, wine and spirits producers, are determined to be part of this movement of positive change to promote sustainable development for all.
Partnering for Progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) looks at work by IARD members that has effected meaningful change across the globe, focusing on the key areas of combatting harmful use of alcohol, improving health, reducing environmental impact, fostering economic growth and reducing NCDs. Their collective efforts have had a positive impact on thousands of communities in over a hundred communities from the Dominican Republic to India.
IARD’s CEO and President Henry Ashworth commented: “this report and the examples cited in it, highlights the progress that can be achieved through meaningful partnerships between businesses, NGOs, and governments in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
IARD Members Are Active Partners In Delivering the Sdgs:
All IARD members are committed to reducing harmful drinking through the Producers’ Commitments* some of the key achievements over the past five years include:
- An average of 345 drink driving prevention programs operating per year (between 2014 and 2017)
- Over 6 million underage individuals reached via face to face interactions (between 2015 and 2017)
- A 66% increase in local responsible retailing initiatives operating per year (between 2013 and 2017)
- Many IARD members have also joined the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER). Collectively, the BIER members have substantially reduced their use of energy and water. In 2015, BIER members used 69 billion fewer liters of water in 2015.
- Economic Contribution-As leading beer, wine, and spirits producers, IARD members are contributors to economic activity around the world. Globally, the alcohol beverage industry is valued at USD $1.4 trillion and this figure includes millions of businesses from agriculture, production, distribution, retail, hospitality, and tourism.
- IARD members recognize that economic development must be sustainable and socially responsible and that is why all are signatories to the UN Global Compact.
SOURCE IARD, The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking